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Disabled Dawson veteran works to overcome storm damage

Ken Claybaugh, Dawson resident whose home was effected by Friday night's thunderstorm (Source: WALB) Ken Claybaugh, Dawson resident whose home was effected by Friday night's thunderstorm (Source: WALB)
Claybough's electric bed that helps him breathe (Source: WALB) Claybough's electric bed that helps him breathe (Source: WALB)
Tree down in Claybaugh's backyard (Source: WALB) Tree down in Claybaugh's backyard (Source: WALB)
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

After Friday night's storm in Dawson, Ken Claybaugh says he is lucky to be alive. 

It wasn't the damaging winds or fallen trees, but electricity he needed just to live.

"The wind did a lot of damage everywhere."

Dawson resident Ken Claybaugh, 62, said he's lucky to have no damage to his home after Friday night's storm.

"It just broke loose, the wind came in," said Claybaugh.

The gusts from the storm reached up to 50 miles per hour.

Claybaugh is a disabled, retired military veteran. 

He lives on Seventh Avenue with his wife, the woman he credits with saving his life. 

"My wife came up with a bright idea last night since it was so hot," said Claybaugh.

She used a battery powered fan to help cool him off.

Claybaugh typically uses an electric hospital bed and CPAP machine to help him breathe when he goes to bed. 

He was one of about fourteen hundred Georgia residents without power. 

This caused his bed and CPAP machine to not work. 

Saturday morning he found trees down in his backyard, only adding to his frustration.

Three trees from the storm fell into Claybaugh's back yard. Fortunately, none hit his home. 

"I feel relieved that we got the power back on and aggravated that...there's so much to do to clean up and straighten up."

Claybaugh says his insurance company won't give him money or help since there was no direct damage to his home.

"I worry about more trees falling down out there because there's some trees that are broke off that are leaning on other trees that once they dry out they may get heavier or whatever and they may break off more limbs."

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